What is a doula and how do they help you and your partner?
As your doula:
- I recognise childbirth as a pivotal life experience for you (and your family). I aim to nurture, encourage, offer knowledge, physical, mental and emotional support, resources and advocacy for you through your pregnancy and into parenthood.
- I build a deepening relationship with you through the continuity of care offered by pre-natal visits, antenatal classes, attendance at the birth, post natal debrief and any ongoing coaching/mentoring.
- I believe in the importance of optimising normal physiological birth, trusting in your intuition, abilities and knowledge you have from within and reduce the need for unnecessary interventions.
- I offer comfort and pain relief techniques to help, among other wonderful non invasive ways to help, if need be.
- I support the process of informed decision making, empowering consent and woman centred care. I help you discuss options and gather information, particularly if there is a deviation from the natural process.
- I facilitate respectful communication, understanding and team work between you, your health care providers and your support people
- I offer emotional support, encouragement, options and personal reflection when things don’t go according to plan
- I assist you through the challenges and choices of preparing for and carrying out your wishes for birth and in early parenting.
- I give post natal doula home help and support the family’s adjustment to life as parents.
- I support and enable healthy partner/parent relationships ongoing.
My role as a doula has seen me coach and council hundreds of women and their families through their pregnancy, labour and early parenting time. Birthing can be more manageable than you ever expected, have less interventions and felt deeply rewarding and empowering for yourself and your partner. If that’s what you want, check out my doula support packages or call me, and lets talk about helping make this happen!.
We are woman who have personally experienced birth and have a variety of complimentary skills to support your transition into life as a parent be a richly rewarding one.
A Birthready doula will not:
- Perform clinical tasks, such as blood pressure, foetal heart checks, vaginal exams, give medical advice.
- Carry medical equipment
- Make decisions for the woman and/or the birth team.
- Bring her preconceived ideas of what your birth ‘should be’ to you.
Erika – heartfelt thanks to you from myself, Jason and baby Struan. I can’t tell you how invaluable you were to me during our birth experience. Without you being with us at home I am sure that we would have gone to hospital much sooner and that I would caved and gone for the pain relief. I couldn’t believe it when we got there and the midwife said I was 8 cm dilated! You then helped me through the hardest part, that last 2cm, and when I thought I really couldn’t do it any more (and we both know that’s what I was thinking!) you helped me cope just one contraction at a time, encouraging me to try different positions and telling me how strong I was and how close I was to holding my baby boy. I know I was a challenge for you – I fought you and the process almost every step of the way – but you stuck with me, stayed strong and didn’t take any of my bull****!!! The result was a natural birth, and a beautiful, healthy and happy baby boy.
Your dedication to helping women have a safe, natural and amazing birth experience is truly apparent in everything you do Erika, and your commitment to that is only to be admired. Thank you once again – Jason and I would recommend you to anyone seeking a birthing partner who will help make the experience a joyful one!